First Nation gives nod to proposed Vancouver Island LNG export facility

First in BC to approve the co-management of the development of a LNG facility.

March 27, 2017   by CP Staff

VANCOUVER — A First Nation on Vancouver Island has approved a proposed liquefied natural gas export facility on its traditional territories.

Members of the Huu-ay-aht First Nation voted 70% in favour of the development planned by Steelhead LNG at Sarita Bay, near Port Alberni.

The First Nation says in a news release that it is the first in BC to approve the co-management of the development of a liquefied natural gas facility.

In October 2015, Chief Robert Dennis said the Huu-ay-aht had been talking with the Vancouver-based company about the export plant, and those negotiations had covered environmental, cultural and economic issues but had not yet included a financial offer.

The vote also gave unanimous support of the Huu-ay-aht’s executive council and its council of hereditary chiefs.

The Huu-ay-aht First Nation has 750 members.

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